University of Florida

June 2, 2008

Sharon Fletcher, Director of Marketing & Communications

Maddie's Fund® has awarded the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine a $1.7 million grant to support the first three years of a comprehensive six-year shelter medicine program. The Program will begin on July 1.

Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program will focus on four central strategies:

  • Shelter evaluation and extension services, including shelter assessments and disease diagnostic, control and prevention services.
  • Shelter medicine training for shelter medicine residents, shelter veterinary technicians, shelter veterinarians and animal cruelty investigators.
  • Veterinary student training through core courses, shelter medicine electives and externships.
  • Development of new knowledge through "in shelter "research projects, shelter medicine symposia, continuing education seminars and the development of a shelter medicine website.

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, will direct the program. She will be assisted by    Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhD, and Natalie Isaza, DVM. "This is truly a dream team of outstanding individuals," remarked Maddie's Veterinary Program Director, Laurie Peek, DVM. "Each has incredible academic, research and teaching credentials, and a history of involvement in animal welfare programs and issues. We are extremely lucky to have their leadership."

In 2006, Maddie's Fund awarded Dr. Levy a $257,000 grant for Maddie's Outdoor Cat Program, a two year research project to study the effect of an intensive TNR program on shelter cat admissions at Alachua County Animal Services.

Maddie's Fund has also worked closely with Drs. Levy, Crawford and Isaza on Maddie's Pet Rescue Project in Alachua County.

"We are thrilled to expand our relationship with this incredibly talented team of veterinarians," said Maddie's Fund President, Rich Avanzino. "I'm certain their work in shelter medicine will take this emerging field to a whole new level."

About Maddie's Fund

Maddie's Fund® is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $237.6 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie's Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl from 1987 - 1997 and continues to inspire them today.

Maddie's Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat. #ThanksToMaddie.